- —Doctor Octopus[src]
When Otto was in college, he met and became friends with his rival Norman Osborn, where they became known as the "O's". Together, they shared the vision of "changing the world", so they decided to start a business. They decided to add the word "Corp" to their nickname, thus creating the name for Oscorp, which Otto claimed was a "catchy name". However, soon Norman's selfish and greedy personality started to surface, with him only caring about financial gain, while Otto still wanted to use Oscorp's resources to help people. This created a rift between the two friends, destroying their relationship over time.
Over the years, Norman became more and more obsessed with genetics, starting projects that Otto considered unethical and dangerous. During one of these experiments, the young Martin Li was used as a test subject, being injected with a prototype serum that would be called GR-27. The experiment failed; Li gained volatile negative powers and accidentally killed his own parents in the process. After this incident, Otto decided to leave Oscorp, with the condition he would get his own settlement, that he later named Octavius Industries. Unfortunately, the money didn't last very long, prompting Otto to rely on financing from Oscorp. Some time later, Otto discovered he was suffering from a "Degenerative Neurological Disorder", probably caused by reckless exposure to chemicals in his youth. This took its toll on him, and he now feared becoming disabled.
Sometime later, Otto met the brilliant young boy Peter Parker, a student at Empire State University. Otto became an idol to Peter, becoming everything he wanted to be. Otto saw his potential genius mind and invited him to work together at Octavius Industries, an offer Peter immediately accepted.
In one occasion, Otto and Peter attended to a science demonstration at the Oscorp Science Center.
Now working together with Peter, they started working on neural-controlled prosthetics. Unfortunately for Otto, the city stopped financing his experiments due to minor lab accidents, an ill-veiled attempt to force Otto into returning to Oscorp. Surprising Peter one night, Otto saw him working on Spider-Man's suit; believing him to have been the tech guy who has been helping Spider-Man all these years (thus taking his tardiness as making new gear), Otto helped upgrade the suit.
Otto watched when Martin Li, now a well known philanthropist and secretly the leader of The Demons, decided to take his own revenge against Norman, by acquiring the GR-27 (now known as Devil's Breath) which was still in development by Oscorp. Li aimed to release the chemical on the city through airborne dispersal, killing thousands and framing Oscorp, decreasing people's trust in Norman and the company. Fortunately, the plan was stopped by Spider-Man and Mary Jane Watson. Li was arrested and incarcerated in the famous high security prison, the Raft.
Inspired by Li's attempts at revenge, Otto, now obsessed with his grudge against Osborn, rushed with his project of neural prosthetics, looking to create something to use in his own plan. He planned a much larger assault on Norman, with the goal to assemble his own team to terrorize the city. Secretly from Peter, he formulated a plan to free the most feared supervillains from the Raft: Electro, The Vulture, Rhino, Scorpion and Mister Negative, all to join him in his Sinister Six. Otto made a deal with each: he would bring Electro closer to his goal of being pure energy; create a treatment for Vulture's spinal cancer; free Rhino from his suit; clear Scorpion's debts; and share revenge on Osborn with Mister Negative. The other part of his plan was to acquire the Devil's Breath and finally release it, ensuring complete chaos.
Otto also ignored some safety measures while advancing the neural interface (already created by Peter) for his new prosthetic limbs, now four tentacles coming out his back, making his own mind and mood unstable in the process. With his mind addled, Otto ironically figured out Peter was Spider-Man. Now ready to put his plans in motion, Otto successfully managed to steal the Devil's Breath, releasing it upon a crowd of people during one of Norman's reelection rallies at the Times Square. He also caused a massive leak on Ryker's Island, releasing prisoners, and on the the Raft, where he assembled for the first time the Sinister Six. Trying to contain the leak, Spider-Man took a ride to the Raft on Yuri Watanabe's police helicopter, but was defeated by Otto, now calling himself Doctor Octopus and his team, with Otto considering Spider-Man's defeat as a warning for him to "stay out of our way."
After partially recovering from the Raft battle, Spider-Man went on a quest to defeat one by one the members of the Sinister Six that were destroying the city. He also returned to Octavius Industries, using the lab to create a new reinforced suit to battle Otto.
Otto managed to acquire the anti-serum created recently by Dr. Morgan Michaels, as well to abduct Norman, whom he took to the roof of the Oscorp Tower, before dangling him above the streets and demanding Norman to confess his crimes to the whole world. Norman refused, causing Otto to drop him before grabbing him again. Once again, Norman refused, and challenged Otto by claiming that he was only worth anything when he worked for him before calling him a failure. Furious, Otto let go of Norman before turning around to continue his plan of letting Manhattan suffer and die from the virus. Osborn had survived however, as Peter grabbed him from the air and dropped him off to a lower rooftop. Spider-Man fought against Otto, who revealed that he knew Peter was Spider-Man all along. They kept fighting until Peter managed to deactivate the neural interface on his back. Accepting his defeat, Otto stated how Peter was like a son to him, and how they could have built a future together, trying to appeal to Peter's emotional side. Peter, now with the anti-serum for the Devil's Breath in hands, said farewell to Otto, who was then arrested and locked in the Raft along with the other members of the Sinister Six.
When the Superior Spider-Man of Earth-616 came to recruit this universe's Peter, they shared a brief conversation where the Superior Spider-Man (who is the Otto Octavius of Earth-616) asked Peter where his counterpart of this universe was at the moment, to which Peter replied about him being locked at the Raft.
Powers and Abilities
- Genius Intelligence: Otto Octavius is a multi-discipline scientist with expertise in various fields of science.
- Master Tactician: Otto is show to be a very skilled tactician, as he was able to devise a complex set of plans to destabilize New York City.
- Master Scientist: Otto is an immensely skilled genius scientist, being extremely skilled and knowledgeable in a wide range of scientific fields. Noticibly he was able to devise a treatment for curing Vulture's spinal cancer.
- Master Engineer: Doctor Octopus is a brilliant engineer and inventor.
Without the use of his artificial tentacles, Otto possessed the normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engages in no regular exercise. With his artificial tentacles, Otto is capable of climbing entire buildings, destroy concrete and metal structures without effort, and go one-to-one against Spider-Man, which possesses superhuman strength.
Degenerative Neurological Disorder: Otto is suffering from a degenerative disease, causing him to slowly lose his motor functions. He is estimated to be fully disabled within a year.
- Otto's phone number is 555-0198.
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